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Rep. John J. Duncan will not seek re-election next year after three ...

The announcement brings to an end the career of the longest-serving Tennessean in Congress and a family political dynasty spanning half a century.US Rep. Duncan...

Tennessee reactions to Pence as Trump's VP pick

John J. Duncan Jr., R-Knoxville. Rep. Phil Roe, R-Johnson City, agreed with the Pence choice. “While nothing is confirmed, I believe Gov. Pence would make...

Tennessee colleges scramble as law allowing guns on campus nears

They worked together with the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police to secure a change to the bill that put liability on the permit holder...

Vote against Iraq War proves popular in hindsight

Somewhat to my surprise, the decision to go to war in Iraq in 2002 has been a major issue in this year's race for the...

Gov. Bill Haslam signs Hall income tax cut, repeal into law

Tennessee has the highest combined average state and local sales taxes in the country, according to the more conservative Tax Foundation, and is one of...

Rep. John Duncan Jr. says he has prostate cancer

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., the senior member of Tennessee's congressional delegation, said Tuesday he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The...

Southern conservatives blast Obama transgender order

Conservatives around the South blasted the Obama administration Friday for its decision directing public schools nationwide to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and...

Beth Harwell's health care task force to meet twice next week

Steve McManus, R-Cordova; Rep. Roger Kane, R-Knoxville; and Rep. Karen Camper, D-Memphis, the only Democrat. The meetings will be in Room 19 at Legislative Plaza.

Beth Harwell creates health care task force; critics call it a 'joke'

Amid calls for Republican leadership to do more to provide health care to the working poor, House Speaker Beth Harwell announced Tuesday the creation of...

Attorney general: Tennessee bathroom bill threatens Title IX funds

Conservative groups have backed the bill. "The fact that the attorney general has recognized that this will result in significantly reduced federal funds for the...

Bill allowing pharmacists to prescribe birth control advances

Steve Dickerson, cleared the Senate health and welfare committee on a 7-1 vote after members of the panel heard testimony from Dr. Leonard Brabson, the...

Tennessee's GOP lawmakers delay endorsing in presidential race

Huckabee has been a steadfast fiscal and social conservative and has the proven executive leadership our country desperately needs,” Fleischmann said. “The people of Tennessee...

Tennessee a campaign hotbed in GOP presidential race

All told, 10 Republican presidential contenders — some who later dropped out of the race — at some point visited the Volunteer State in 2015...

With Jeremy Durham, ambition, anger collide

Supporters say Durham is a dedicated lawmaker who represents the people who live in his corner of Williamson County, making him a target for Republicans...

For First Baptist Capitol Hill, '150 more years of mighty acts'

Not all churches can brag about being around 150 years, so the members of Nashville's first black congregation have been celebrating that achievement all year...

Inmate families' Christmas celebration full of emotion

Ryan Goad bounced his 6-month-old daughter on his knee, making the frills of her tiny Christmas dress flutter. At his feet, his other two daughters...

Tennessee corrections chief should resign

The issues involving lack of safety, transparency and poor financial practices call into question the competence of the leadership at the Tennessee Department of Correction.

Ted Cruz expands Tennessee leadership team

Cruz's announcement Thursday follows an initial list of 27 Republicans who had previously joined Cruz's Tennessee team, including former Williamson County Republican Party chairman Kevin...

Lawmakers blast Tennessee prison food program

A lack of basic financial safeguards — like a contract or complete financial statements — calls in to question the future of the Tennessee prison...

Should Marsha Blackburn run for Speaker of the House?

Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan is the top contender to succeed Speaker of the House John Boehner, but he's in the race conditionally. If he doesn't...

Titans' Ken Whisenhunt regrets final play call vs. Bills

“In thinking about it, because it was a turnover, I wish I would have done something a little more conservative and given us a chance...

Conservatives get even scarcer on Metro Council

The decline in council conservatives came during an election cycle headlined by an unusually partisan mayoral race in Democrat-leaning Davidson County. In the runoff election,...

Evangelists in Trump video respond to question about values

Since they share many of Moore's religiously and socially conservative views, were they at all uncomfortable interacting with Trump like that? I asked the two...

Ted Cruz tops Williamson straw poll

Cruz and Carson were among the most recent candidates to visit Franklin. They came as part of a long string of contenders to court the...

Megan Barry elected Nashville mayor

Barry's victory, which capped a five-week runoff that turned unusually partisan, also means a sigh of relief for Nashville and Tennessee Democrats, who staved off...

Letters to editor extra, Sept. 3: Barry vs. Fox

The conservative Fox campaign's latest salvo boomeranged into an unanticipated ricocheting effect in the countervailing response of former vice mayor, Howard Gentry, who endorsed Megan...

Scott Walker's quest for Tennessee and the South

... along with a Tuesday fundraiser at the former Franklin home of Alan Jackson, marked Walker's fourth trip to Tennessee in 2015. And he's coming...

Great reader reaction to Nashville mayoral endorsement

John Harkey: “ has grown up as a newspaper. The first indication was taking on the ... Most of the complainers live in Williamson County...

Conservative 'Super PAC' bankrolls ads for David Fox

An out-of-state conservative "Super PAC" has bankrolled a wave of new advertising to boost the Nashville mayoral campaign of David Fox. Right-leaning Citizen Super PAC...

Ohio Gov. John Kasich talks up Medicaid expansion in Nashville

Justin Owen of The Beacon Center of Tennessee, a conservative think tank that successfully helped defeat Insure Tennessee this year, blasted Kasich for expanding Medicaid...

At-large race to replace big voices on Metro Council

Current council members running for at-large seats are Buddy Baker, Karen Bennett, Robert Duvall, Erica Gilmore, Frank Harrison, Jason Holleman, Walter Hunt, Lonnell Matthews Jr.

Letters to the editor, June 29

Having someone as articulate and prominent as John Jay Hooker to lead this promotion in the sunset of his life is an extraordinary parting gift...

Nashville theater roundup for June 7

Looking for some fast-paced fun? You won't want to miss the Roxy's new production of “The 39 Steps.” Adapted by Patrick Barlow from the 1915...

Q&A: Insure Tennessee legislative supporters

... from about why they decided to champion Insure Tennessee. Reporter Holly Fletcher contributed to this report. ... Rather it is a well thought...

Letters to the editor, April 5: Insure Tennessee

Perhaps if the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) was having its 38th annual conference in Nashville instead of Philadelphia from April 14-17, our legislature would...

Brentwood municipal election: Meet the candidates

Early voting will run 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, April 15-30, at the Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road; Brentwood Municipal...

Who's in, who's out in race to lead Tennessee GOP

Current party Chairman Chris Devaney announced this week he'll step down effective April 11 to run a nonprofit in Chattanooga. He leaves a party with...

Handgun permits rise as legislators try to ease laws

Montgomery County — near Fort Campbell — and Williamson County — a conservative hotbed in the state — have fewer total permits, but the permits...

Sheila Butt: I'm offended by reaction to comments

She's a conservative Christian who's always been a seeker: no, not the Harry Potter Quidditch kind, the kind who always sought to please the Lord.

Editorial board bus meeting a start to future solutions

Editorial Board held its first meeting on a public bus. Executive Editor Stefanie Murray, Metro Columnist Frank Daniels and I rode with Nashville MTA...

Our treatment of Muslims is 21st-century disgrace

ATLANTA – As I toured the National Center for Civil & Human Rights on Wednesday, it made me think of Middle Tennessee. Several of Nashville's...

Lamar Alexander seeks one more term, maybe his last

But Alexander says it's Ball who's out of step with the state's residents and unable to help deliver the conservative agenda most of them want...

Bob Corker won't rule out presidential bid

WTVC If Corker joined the race, he would face Republicans with higher national profiles such as potential candidates such as fellow Republican Sens. Rand Paul of...

GOP can't win imaginary 'war on whites'

This woman belches fire on all things conservative; for her to suggest you've gone too far is like Charlie Sheen telling you to cut back...

Democrats find another character in “Charlie” Brown

Two years after Tennessee Democrats nominated Mark Clayton, a man with extremely conservative views, to be their next U.S. senator, they've put another colorful character...

5 takeaways from Thursday's vote

He presented himself as an ardent conservative and knowledgeable congressman. When asked about his past, he urged voters to focus on his record and current...

Some voters look beyond Scott DesJarlais' past

But the deluge of advertisements, phone calls and other campaigning in recent weeks connecting personal choices he made long ago to his ability to serve...

Sumner commission rejects property reappraisals

Then-Mayor Bill Purcell and Patricia Totty at a Friends of the Neighborhoods Resource Center .... The Republican senator said he can advance conservative causes better...

Alexander releases TV ad, says he has $3.4 million

Then-Mayor Bill Purcell and Patricia Totty at a Friends of the Neighborhoods Resource Center .... The Republican senator said he can advance conservative causes better...

Corker's gas tax propsal gets mixed reviews

Regardless, as Congress moves toward a summer debate over highway funding, Corker, R-Tenn., is drafting something most conservatives avoid at all costs — a tax...